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Advice for Moms

What Your Teenager Really Needs in 2020

Connection & Consequences–that’s what your teen needs from you in 2020. I’ve learned this first-hand these past few months as I’ve stepped back into the high school classroom. I’m teaching one class of seniors at a wonderful Christian school. Spending these past few months with these 17 students has reminded me what teens need. Our...
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This is What Your Daughter Needs…

Dear Mamas of Teen Daughters…. Your daughter is hearing too many harmful messages. The world tells her she should be everything to everyone. She believes the lies of social media and thinks that her value is tied up in likes. She is striving for perfection and no one is telling her about grace. This is...
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Dear Elisabeth… (on your first day of middle school)

Dear El… Thank you for making me laugh every single day. I don’t know where you got this sarcasm from (ha—that’s total sarcasm) but it’s just the best. You may only be 12, but you’re sly wit is way beyond that. Here’s another delight that you might not even know is happening: you’re learning to...
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Ten Girls Who Need Shine

Someone in your life needs this sparkly-funny Bible study. It’s pretty much a party-in-a box–but with Jesus. 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the 10. That girl at your church who helps at VBS…or in the nursery…or in the praise band. (Or, you know, that one teen...
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Bad News & Good News About Teen Girls

This post originally appeared on the CPH Blog. First, the bad news…. our teen girls are in crisis. I’m worried about them and you should be too. My oldest daughter, Catie, is in high school and my younger daughter, Elisabeth, is in middle school. We’re living the teen girl life around here and I see what’s...
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Goodbye, Westlake…

This school has become our family and our home. And not it’s time to say goodbye. For the last decade, Westlake Prep has been the seventh member of our family.  To our kids—who started here just a few days after potty-training and who are leaving as tweens and teens—this place has been where they learned just...
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Be Her Mom

I write for teens and for moms, so talk to them both a lot about what’s happening in their lives. Over the past few years, something has changed. Daughters now have all the information. Like never before, they are able to use social media, YouTube, Amazon, vlogs, and Pinterest to figure out life on their own. More...
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Dying on the Inside

This is a reprint of a story I shared in Love Rules. It’s about how God loves us and redeems the most dead parts of us. Ultimately, this is a story about Good Friday.   No one is ever really ready for a dog. You think you are, but you can’t imagine the bolt-upright-in-bed terror...
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What We Are NOT Doing This Summer

Several years ago, I visited my friend Jen at the start of the summer. Like me, she was a mom to lots of little kids, and the summer meant the fun and daunting promise of lots of free time. Like me, Jen hoped to use some of that time to organize her house. She had posted sticky...
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Spring Break: Screen Break

My dreams for Spring Break are simple: sunshine, finally kicking the flu that’s haunted our house, and finding a screen time balance during all these days off. The problem is that my kids have different views on nine days off. They’re planning for this to be Screen Break–a break with all the BrawlStars, Clash Royale,...
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